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Hartley Appears Russia Bound

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via Scott Burnside of ESPN,

(Bob) Hartley said Tuesday morning that he is being courted by Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and is on the verge of taking a coaching job there.

According to the team’s Web site, Omsk fired coaches Sergei Gersonsky and Igor Zhilinsky on Tuesday after a slow 2-4 start.

“I am very interested and excited about the possibilities there,” Hartley said.

One of those possibilities is coaching Jaromir Jagr, who signed with Omsk after failing to reach an amicable deal with the New York Rangers.

added 11:41am, via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

“They’ve talked to me, but there’s nothing done right now,” Hartley told Sporting News. “I think it could happen, but there’s nothing sure right now.”

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This Year’s Team To Watch

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Every season, I try to identify an “it” team. You know, that team that improves so much, or comes out of nowhere, etc.

Last season, I predicted the Washington Capitals would finally get back into the playoffs (so did my ESPN.com colleague Scott Burnside). OK, so it took until the final week of the regular season, but they did indeed make the big dance and were a great story around the league.

This season, I think it’s a no-brainer—the Edmonton Oilers.

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The Eastern Outlook

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from the Montreal Gazette,

With National Hockey League teams opening training camp this week, here’s a look at how the Eastern Conference teams stack up.

Buffalo Sabres

Stories to watch: Buffalo seemingly keeps losing players and not replacing them. Last summer, Daniel Brière and Chris Drury bolted. They shipped Brian Campbell out at the trade deadline for Steve Bernier. Bernier was traded to the Canucks for a pair of draft picks this summer. ... Will fans continue to flock to the HSBC Arena given the team’s propensity for dumping high-priced talent?

more

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Canucks “Capable Of Great Things”

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

“It reminds a bit of two years ago when I got here,” Luongo said Monday following his first informal skate with teammates at Burnaby 8-Rinks.

“There were a lot of new faces and a lot of people didn’t know what to expect and we ended up having a great season. I get that same feeling a bit this year.

“I think guys are going to be excited to play and once we all get together and play as a team, I think we’re capable of great things.”

read on

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Defensive Spots Wide Open In Toronto

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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

...In any event, the new Toronto bench boss turned some heads when he suggested that the fight for spots in the starting lineup on defence will be so heated at training camp this weekend that certain favourites, guys who were regulars last season, may end up starting the season with the AHL Marlies.

“If there’s one area where I think we’re fairly deep, or relatively strong, it’s on the back end,” Wilson said. “These guys are going to compete and there’s probably going to be a shock or two at the end of training camp as far as who’s not going to be here, and Cliff (Fletcher) is going to have to make some decisions as far as where people play.

“But it’s wide open and everybody will get a chance.”

read on

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The Best Team On Paper

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Marian Hossa talks on why he chose to play for the Wings.

Watch the video below…

Continue Reading »

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No Bad Hockey For Islanders

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Scott Gordon didn’t take long to make his presence known on the ice yesterday, his first day on the ice as Islanders head coach.

He stopped practice several times and with a booming voice that echoed throughout the team’s practice facility at Iceworks in Syosset, clearly let his players know when he was displeased.

“I don’t want to watch bad . . . I don’t want to watch mistakes,” said Gordon, explaining his hands-on style that was displayed in front of GM Garth Snow and team owner Charles Wang. “That’s just me. If something is done wrong I want to fix it.”

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A Bonding Trip

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

In working out the final details of Tampa Bay’s season-opening games against the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, the Lightning purposely extended the trip to give players more time to bond.

“We are not an expansion team but we have made a number of changes to our roster, and it’s imperative for us to jell as soon as possible,” Lawton said. “There is no better way to do this than in this type of environment.”

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Insurance Costs Threatening International Play

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 will mark the end of the NHL’s participation in international hockey, one league executive says, in large part because of the rising cost of player insurance.

The NHL executive, who requested anonymity, said once the league is out of the Olympics, its players probably will not participate in any international tournament after the 2010 Games, from the world championships to the world junior championships.

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Your HNIC Broadcast Teams

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

When the Hockey Night in Canada crew meets this week to plan for the coming NHL season, two decisions will have already been made.

Jim Hughson will replace Bob Cole as the play-by-play voice for the 7 p.m. Eastern game. And Mark Lee’s workload will be increased….

Hughson, who lives in Vancouver, will travel east, usually to Toronto, to call the early game of the weekly NHL doubleheader along with analyst Craig Simpson, who lives in Edmonton.

more

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